Why Is Gutter Cleaning Important?
For many homeowners, gutter cleaning is a necessity. Without it, leaves and debris would build up in gutters over time, eventually rendering them useless. Because of your gutter system’s primary role of protecting your home from water damage, an ineffective gutter system can be problematic for more reasons than one.
What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Gutters?
- Foundation Damage: Without functioning gutters, your foundation is susceptible to water damage. The purpose of gutters is to collect roof water and divert it away from your home’s foundation. Without them, water would fall straight to the ground below, oversaturating the soil surrounding your foundation walls, eventually causing them to bow and crack under pressure.
- Exterior Wall Damage: The water overflowing from clogged gutters will often wrap around the home and fall like a continuous cascade of water down your home’s exterior walls. This water can eventually rot siding and seep into the wall’s interiors, leading to mold and mildew growth.
- Fascia Board Damage: Overflowing water can also fall back towards fascia boards, eventually causing them to rot. As the fascia board deteriorates, water can leak from the roof, causing water damage to the attic and insulation.
- Gutter Damage: With the excess weight of various debris and stagnant water, your gutter system can fail and pull away from fascia boards, crack, and sag. Not only that, but the excess moisture from rotting leaves is a haven for insects (including termites), pests, and even saplings.
How to Clean Your Gutters
Now that you know the importance of maintaining clean gutters, you might be wondering how to keep your gutters clean. Here are some of the most common questions regarding gutter cleaning:
Gutter cleaning, especially in the hilly Atlanta area, is extremely dangerous, so it’s not something we would recommend. Ladder falls are common, and it can be difficult to remove muck and debris from gutters without the proper tools. If you need to clean your gutters, it’s best to hire a professional contractor who is covered by insurance. Another option is investing in a gutter protection system as an alternative to gutter cleaning.
With a tall two-story or three-story home, it’s best to hire a professional to clean your gutters or invest in a gutter cleaning alternative.
Typically, you’ll need to clean your gutters in the fall and spring. In the fall, depending on what kind of trees you have in your yard, sweet gumballs, acorns, and fallen leaves can clog your gutters. In the spring, oak tassels, pollen, fruit, and various flowers cani p be problematic. In the Atlanta area, you’ll have year-round pine needles to worry about. Unfortunately, in the fall and spring, the continuous shedding of these items from trees means that you could clean your gutters today and have them clog tomorrow.
If you’re going to hire someone to clean your gutters, make sure they are a professional contractor that is covered by insurance. If you’re dealing with an individual that doesn’t have insurance and they fall off of your roof, they can sue. Unfortunately, your property and homeowner’s insurance won’t cover “contractor” accidents.
The cost of gutter cleaning can amount to several hundred dollars a year, though it depends on the size of your home. Greater square footage, particular landscaping, clogged downspouts, gutter screens, and additional stories can all hike the price of gutter cleaning.
If you want to avoid the headaches and expenses that come with gutter cleaning, investing in an All-in-One, covered gutter protection system is the best alternative.
GutterShutter™: Never Pay for Gutter Cleaning Again
GutterShutter™ is a complete gutter, gutter protection, and gutter drainage system. It’s completely covered and sealed with no vertical openings, no filters, and no screens, eliminating the hassle of gutter cleaning. With the principles of water tension in mind, the GutterShutter™ utilizes the liquid adhesion process to capture roof water without capturing any debris. It’s the perfect solution for homeowners looking to save on the cost and stress of cleaning out their gutters over time.
When you install the GutterShutter™ system, AquaGuard offers a lifetime no-clog and materials warranty. We also ensure that the system will never pull away from the home, meaning you won’t ever have to worry about water seeping into your fascia boards or running down your home’s siding. If you ever run into trouble, we’ll clean your gutters—free of charge.
Do Gutters With Gutter Guards Need to Be Cleaned?
While some forms of gutter guards require cleaning, like mesh and screens, AquaGuard’s GutterShutter™ system does not. To learn more about our gutter protection system, you can read about how GutterShutter™ works and another that outlines the difference between it and other gutters.
Call AquaGuard to Invest in a Gutter Cleaning Alternative
Protect your gutters and home with the GutterShutter™ system. Call AquaGuard today for a free estimate. We serve Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Alpharetta, Rome, Athens, Newnan, Douglasville, and all surrounding areas.